May 12-16, 2014, marks Grand Rapids Active Commute Week in honor of National Bike to Work Week.
Active transportation includes walking, running, bicycling, taking the bus, and carpooling. Urban Design promoting pedestrian friendliness and traffic safety is a companion to economic development. AIA Grand Rapids encourages its member firms to participate and visit the website: http://acwgr.org/
"I live up in Rockford and work in downtown Grand Rapids. I plan to ride my bike that week to and from work taking the White Pine Trail to downtown. There is nothing more refreshing than riding down the White Pine parallel to 131 and seeing the backup of cars on one side, the sun rising and the Grand River on the other, all while knowing that I am getting a good workout while helping the environment. The fact that there are incentives and prize giveaways makes it even more enticing during that week."
Mike Belisle, President Elect, AIA Grand Rapids
The quantity of bicycle lanes is seeing an increase in Grand Rapids and so is the number of cyclists. The quality of bicycle lanes is where we can embrace–-design matters. Safety can translate to design measures ranging from protected bike lanes, marked buffer zones, curb extensions, medians, raised speed reducers, and good lighting. These strategies, if executed well, would mean fewer accidents.
Bicycle infrastructure inside and outside buildings adds much to a bike friendly community. Well-designed bicycle racks create interesting street furniture and also enhance pedestrian flow. Adding secure bicycle storage gives everyone a peace of mind. Creating bicycle shares increases access for the community.
Rather than burning fossil fuels, please try a newer, healthier way of commuting this May.
For additional reference, visit Complete Streets Advisory Council at the Michigan DOT and Buildings with Innovative Bike Storage.